• Small Business University
  • Small Business University 2019 Program

    Are you a small business owner or an inspiring entrepreneur? 

    Small Business University offers 18 engaging training sessions, covering every topic from basic startup knowledge to technical financial assistance, marketing, and IT cyber risks, to help you start, grow and manage your business. 

    Every session is led by qualified industry professionals willing to share their business expertise with seasoned entrepreneurs as well as those new to business ownership. 

    This year we have expanded our curriculum to include the SBU 100 Series (11 two-hour sessions) and SBU 200 Series (seven two-hour sessions) to create a more comprehensive program for our entrepreneurs. Students can register for sessions individually or as a series. 

    Registration is required. For more information, contact Cyndi Alvarado.         

    Individual Sessions
    sessions listed below
    Chamber Members: $25
    Prospective Chamber Members: $50

     


  • SBU 100 Series


  • 101: So, You Want To Be An Entrepreneur? Panel

    Wednesday, January 30 from 9-11 a.m.

    Panelists: Brian Albert (The Strong Firm P.C.), Jeremy Horton (Woodforest National Bank), Wynter Patteson (Lone Star College Small Business Development Center), Bob Milner (TerBo Performance Inc.), and Jay Tompkins (Baker Tilly)


  • Small Business University 102: Business Plan Basics102: Business Plan Basics

    Thursday, February 7 from 9-11 a.m.

    Presented by: Barry Blanton, Blanton Advisors, LLC


  • Small Business University 103_Tax Updates

    103: Tax Updates

    Thursday, February 28 from 9-11 a.m.

    Presented by: Kyle Kmiec, Calvetti Ferguson

     


  • Small Business University 104: Liability and Entity Formation

    104: Liability and Entity Formation

    Thursday, March 21 from 9-11 a.m.

    Presented by: Clay McCollor, Knighton & Stone PLLC


  • Small Business University 105: Understanding Your Financials

    105: Understanding Your Financials / Cash Management

    Wednesday, April 24 from 9-11 a.m.

    Presented by: Lynne Abercrombie, Haynie & Company


  • 106: HR Department for Small Businesses 

    Thursday, May 16 from 9-11 a.m.

    Presented by: Haley Paul, Stibbs & Co.


  • Small Business University 107: CRM Software Solutions

    107: CRM Software Solutions

    Thursday, June 13 from 9-11 a.m.

    Presented by: Stephen Wright, Wright Business Technologies


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    108: Building Your Marketing Plan

    Tuesday, July 16 from 9-11 a.m.

    Presented by: Kristy Sexton, Adcetera


  • Small Business University 109: Sales Training Essentials

    109: Sales Training Essentials

    Thursday, August 29 from 9-11 a.m.

    Presented by: Steve Barry, Waste Connections, Inc.


  • Small Business University 110: Tools for Teaching a Workshop

    110: Tools for Teaching a Workshop

    Thursday, September 12 from 9-11 a.m.

    Presented by: P. Natalia, Turnquest, Providence Corporate Services


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    111: Franchise Opportunities

    Thursday, September 19 from 9-11 a.m.

    Panelists: Josh Cherry (Delta Life Franchising); Guillermo Medellin (Russo's New York Pizzeria)


  • SBU 200 Series


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    201: How to Secure Financing for Your Small Business

    Thursday, April 4 from 9-11 a.m.

    Presented by: Richard Rector (Green Bank); Jeremy Horton (Woodforest National Bank)


  • Small Business University 202: Mock DOL Audit for HR

    202: Mock DOL Audit for HR

    Tuesday, May 21 from 9-11 a.m.

    Presented by: Cheryl House, Compliance Director - SW Region (Marsh & McLennan Agency)


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    203: IT Cyber Risks

    Thursday, June 20 from 9-11 a.m.

    Presented by: Dean Schulte (Strike) and Noel Kersh (Pathway Forensics)


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    204: Social Media Marketing 

    Tuesday, July 30 from 9-11 a.m.
    Panelists:
    Martin Obiozor (Empowered Pulse) and Siva Yenneti (ITVibes, Inc.)


  • Small Business University 205: Managing Your Employees

    205: Pitfalls: How to Manage Your Employees

    Thursday, August 15 from 9-11 a.m.
    Presented by:
    Haley Paul, Stibbs & Co.


  • Small Business University 206: Alternative Funding Options

    206: Alternative Funding Options

    Thursday, October 3 from 9-11 a.m.

    Panelists: Jay Tompkins (Baker Tilly), Mac Winston (PPCLOAN) and Byron Ellis (United Capital Financial Life Management)


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     ‚ÄčSmall Business University 207: How to keep your business growing207: How to Keep Growing Your Business

    Thursday, October 17 from 9-11 a.m.

    Presented by: Megan Alarid, Heightened Leaders

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